The BEST Episodes of Expedition Unknown
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 18, 2021
Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.
#1 - Digging Into D-Day
Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 5, 2020
In a season premiere event, Josh Gates touches down in Normandy to investigate battles on land, air and sea. The expedition reveals a Nazi threat greater than ever imagined, unearthing a massive German bunker complex buried for 75 years.
#2 - Great Women of Ancient Egypt
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 7, 2018
Josh Gates strives to uncover the buried secrets of three of the most powerful and elusive women in ancient Egypt -- Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra; a facial reconstruction project is commissioned to reveal the face of King Tut's mother.
#3 - Deciphering the Last Nazi Code
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 10, 2019
Josh Gates ventures into the former Third Reich in search of an elusive Nazi fortune hidden with a code allegedly created by Hitler's private secretary, and embedded into a piece of sheet music.
#4 - Egypt's Lost Queens
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 14, 2018
Josh Gates continues his journey through Egypt to unearth the secrets and possibly the final resting places of Nefertiti and Cleopatra.
#5 - Samurai Sword of Power
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 26, 2015
Josh searches through various ancient shrines in Japan looking for the mystical Honjo Masamune sword. During his travels, Josh learns the ways of the samurai and is educated on how to forge his own sword.
#6 - The Secret Solved
Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 30, 2019
Breaking news about "The Secret" prompts Josh Gates to race across the globe to find out if the series of puzzles has been solved.
#7 - The Hunt for the Golden Owl
Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired May 29, 2019
Josh Gates stalks prey that has eluded capture for 25 years, the Golden Owl. A book of riddles gives cryptic clues to where the Owl statuette, worth half a million dollars, is hidden. Josh joins treasure hunters using new leads to chase the fortune.
#8 - Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 7, 2019
Josh Gates travels to the Holy Land to dig in with an archaeologist who has recently discovered new Dead Sea Scrolls. Josh also sees cutting-edge technology restore scroll fragments in a way that could change how we read the Bible.
#9 - Pyramid of Legends
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired May 29, 2018
Josh ventures into the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador in search of the lost tombs of a mysterious ruling dynasty, called "the Snake Kings".
#10 - Legend of the Crystal Skull
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 15, 2019
Josh Gates enters Central America's jungles to investigate the legendary crystal skull discovered by a renowned adventurer who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Josh probes whether the skull is an invaluable relic or archaeology's tallest tale.
#11 - The Secret
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 17, 2018
Josh travels all over the US to find the treasures featured in The Secret, a cryptic book published in the 1980s. He meets with members of the book's cult following, who each think they're on the verge of finding one of the 10 remaining treasures.
#12 - Chasing the Fortune of Sir Francis Drake
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 21, 2019
Josh Gates searches land and sea for the lost fortune of legendary pirate Sir Francis Drake. Joining treasure hunters and maritime archaeologists, Josh hunts for a lost cache of Spanish gold and the remains of Drake himself.
#13 - Hunt For The Metal Library
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 31, 2018
Josh travels through the jungles of Ecuador to explore the watery depths of Tayos Cave for a legendary set of metal plates believed to be created by an advanced ancient civilization.
#14 - Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 14, 2017
Josh Gates travels the coast of Florida and to the newly opened country of Cuba in search of sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1715. The hunt takes him deep into the Atlantic and into the previously sealed National Archives of Cuba.
#15 - Lost City of El Mirador
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 5, 2018
Josh concludes his investigation into the mysterious Maya city of El Mirador, from the possible burial of the elusive Snake Kings to uncovering the secrets behind the fall of one of history's greatest ancient cities.
#16 - Searching For America's Lost Flight
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 12, 2020
Josh Gates investigates the most mysterious airline disaster in American history -- searching for why Northwest Flight 2501 vanished, taking the lives of all 58 people on board.
#17 - Plummer's Gold
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2016
Josh Gates heads to Montana, the Gold Rush territory to search for the missing fortune of notorious Old West sheriff, Henry Plummer.
#18 - Siberia's Coldest Case
Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 4, 2019
Josh Gates concludes his in-depth investigation of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Taking on Dead Mountain's brutal conditions, Josh and two investigators re-trace the last steps of the hikers. A big discovery could finally solve the mystery.
#19 - Yamashita's Gold
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 10, 2016
Josh travels to the Philippines searching for Yamashita's Gold, a treasure that has been hidden since World War II. When the cave Josh explores quickly fills with water, will he escape with a piece of history before he's trapped?
#20 - Treasure of the Copper Scroll
Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 14, 2019
Josh Gates investigates a unique Dead Sea Scroll etched with riddles that could lead to an ancient treasure. Following new leads, Josh treks into the punishing Jordanian desert in search of the potential fortune.
#21 - Curse of the Golden Bell
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 2, 2015
Josh joins local divers in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar to search for the ancient cursed Great Bell of King Dhammazedi. To recover it, Josh dives into murky, violent waters that have claimed the lives of several other divers.
#22 - Nazis in Argentina
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 12, 2018
Josh ventures to Argentina, where many Nazi SS officers escaped to after World War II.
#23 - Solved: Mystery of the Lost Ruby Slippers
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 5, 2018
After more than a decade of searching, the mystery behind the missing pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the most-watched film of all time "The Wizard of Oz" has been solved.
#24 - Japan's Atlantis
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 16, 2015
Josh travels to Japan's remote Yonaguni Island to explore an underwater phenomenon described as Japan's Atlantis. Josh dives into the waters of the Pacific Rim to explore this remarkable site.
#25 - Lost Gold of Scotland
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired May 1, 2019
Hunting for a lost cache of gold, Josh Gates heads to the Scottish Highlands. His search focuses on a huge gold reserve hidden after the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 and never recovered. Josh joins treasure hunters chasing a new lead across the Highlands.